Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cottage Garden Embroidery

I made this embroidery using another wonderful vintage pattern provided by Flickr contributor Chez60, the same lady who provided the Crinoline Lady pattern in my previous post.  She has shared so many beautiful old designs that I just can't wait to use!  

This pattern originally had a crinoline lady, too, but since I had just done one of those I decided to make some changes.  Here's the original one:
I just left her out, added some more rocks and flowers and was reasonably happy with the result.
A little closer.  
I used a variety of threads including Valdani, DMC Color Variations, Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Cosmos Seasons.  All of these threads which are probably used more for cross stitch than anything else are wonderful to use for this kind of embroidery.
One more close up:
Those odd looking things in the lower right corner are supposed to be bricks.  I had tried several different ways of doing them including plain satin stitch and nothing seemed to look right.  So after several rip outs I settled on the way you see them here.  I still wasn't perfectly happy with them but decided enough was enough and this is how they would stay.
I hope you enjoyed seeing another embroidery, thanks for visiting!